Welcome to The Road to Shodan - Yonah Wolf's Judo Blog, a journal of his progress towards obtaining his first-degree black belt (Shodan) in Kodokan Judo.
Yonah shares his insights, tips, tricks, and thoughts as he progresses in the art of Judo and fights his way towards his Black Belt (Shodan).
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On Monday in Randori I pulled off a textbook Tomoe Nage (actually, it was a variation of the throw that I learned from Sensei Keith Nakasone when I visited San Jose State in November). My partner was playing stiff-armed and pushing me backward and I quickly used his momentum to vault him over my head. It was beautiful, even my Sensei (who doesn't generally approve of us using sacrifice techniques in Randori) approved.
I hadn't thrown with Tomoe Nage like that since I was a sophmore in College and realtively new to Judo (I was a yellow belt - Rokkyu). My partner at the time was a freshman white belt, and my Sensei was pissed that I used a throw he had never seen before - rightfully so, I could have hurt him. But this time it was against another sankyu, and he admired the throw too.
What is this variation that I used? I call it Goofy-foot (in deference to the snowboarding term for leading with your left foot). Essentially, traditional Tomoe Nage has the tori taking the foot on t…